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More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

Another $1.1 million windfall could be allotted to the newly named Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute as Putnam County attempts to get the farm fully open and operational again. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker explained the construction would total $2.4 million with much of the work occurring in-house by county highway department workers. Once work […]

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

The Democratic field for the 40th New York State Senate seat is starting to get crowded. Another Democratic candidate, Ali Boak, has come forward to run for the seat currently held by first term Republican Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown). Andrew Falk and Cortlandt Councilwoman Debbie Costello have both already announced their plans to run for […]

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

It appears the District 6 legislative seat might have a Republican primary on the horizon. Former inspector general for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Patrick Perry confirmed he plans on forcing a Republican primary against Paul Jonke, who was endorsed by the Southeast GOP Committee a couple of weeks ago. After managing and assisting several […]

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

Putnam County lawmakers appear to have finally decided on new members to join the beleaguered county Industrial Development Agency, even if the final approval will be delayed by a week. Five county residents were moved forward, including William Carlin, Erin Meagher, Bill Nulk, Dario Gristina, and Steven Baranowski. Carlin is the commissioner for the Department […]

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

Men’s and women’s undergarments, beer bottles , and a bag full of bird’s feathers are just some of the things that residents see on their roads when picking up litter. With Earth Day coming up later this month, Putnam County residents with the coordination of public officials like Southeast Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt are making a […]

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

With more aid from New York State than planned, the Brewster Central School District has proposed a budget that remains under the tax cap without bleeding programs. The school district is proposing a tax levy increase of 1.9 percent, which is under the allowable tax cap imposed by the state with room to breath, according […]

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

An electronic traffic sign that alerts drivers along Route 312 to road construction was changed to show support for this year’s most controversial presidential candidate. The sign was changed to “Trump 2016” last month by an unknown person or group and now, the case is actually under investigation by the New York State Police, according […]

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

By Neal Rentz Several residents from Putnam County and elsewhere willingly lost their hair on Saturday in Carmel for a good cause and in honor of a young Kevin Blackman who was lost too soon. They had their heads shaved at the Italia Barber Shop in the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center to benefit the St. […]

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

With a minimum wage increase the focal point of the New York State budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed on an annual spending plan against the March 31 deadline totaling $156 billion. The agreement would raise the minimum wage to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and initiate slower […]

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Court was in session Thursday night in the Town of Southeast, but it wasn’t a judge presiding, rather the Southeast town board. With Supervisor Tony Hay moderating, Southeast town board members heard both sides of the sewer price fight between Home Depot and Independent Sewer Works Inc. in which Home Depot, located along Route 312, […]

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

In a potential primary for the chance to represent the Democratic Party in the 40th New York State Senate race, one endorsement has already been announced. The Working Families Party announced that Patterson resident Andrew Falk is its candidate of choice in the 40th senate district. While it’s not shocking a Democrat got the party’s […]

Former Trainer of Ex-DA Levy Sues Putnam for $45 Million

Former Trainer of Ex-DA Levy Sues Putnam for $45 Million

The former trainer of ex-Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy has filed a $45 million lawsuit against the county, claiming his arrest and prosecution on a rape charge was only pursued because of Levy’s strained relationship with Sheriff Don Smith. Alexandru Hossu claims in a 43-page complaint that his prosecution on a rape charge that […]

Business Profile: Raffa Laser Center, Patterson

Business Profile: Raffa Laser Center, Patterson

In the beauty industry for more than 30 years, Cheryl Raffa’s first profession was styling hair. Then eleven years ago, even though she remained in the same field, she began to develop an interest in different aspects of beauty. “I did hair for so long and I’ve always had like an interest in skin and […]

Gross to Not Seek Reelection for Leg. 6 Seat

Gross to Not Seek Reelection for Leg. 6 Seat

After five years on the Putnam County Legislature, Southeast resident Roger Gross is not seeking reelection this year for his District 6 seat. In a press release, Gross, a popular Republican, announced he would not run again because he wants to spend more time with his wife, Ginger, and other family members. Planning on residing […]

Voloto, Miller Clinch Trustee Seats; Village Election to Move to November

Voloto, Miller Clinch Trustee Seats; Village Election to Move to November

In one of the last March elections Cold Spring will ever see, voters elected newcomer Steve Voloto and one-time trustee Lynn Miller in convincing fashion, while also signing off on moving the local election to November, on March 15. Voloto, a five-year resident, was the top vote getter, bringing in 400 votes on the Highlands […]

Business Profile: Epic Dance Center, Mahopac

Business Profile: Epic Dance Center, Mahopac

Raising three children that enjoy dancing—one son and two daughters—Sue Solazzo used to shuttle the trio to dance studios going back to pre-school. But last September, Solazzo decided when she drove them to dance she was actually driving to her new business, Epic Dance Center in Mahopac along Route 6. Knowing how much her children […]

Once Again, Brewster Property Owners Sound off on Urban Renewal Plan

Once Again, Brewster Property Owners Sound off on Urban Renewal Plan

In another opportunity for residents and property owners to speak up about Brewster’s proposed Urban Renewal Plan, village trustees heard a mouthful and once again, not much of it was supportive. For the better part of the new year, the village board has heard a long list of complaints, concerns, and questions and that trend […]

Odell’s State of the County Envisions Stronger Business Development

Odell’s State of the County Envisions Stronger Business Development

Marking 2016 as the year to boost business development in Putnam County with “ambitious” initiatives, County Executive MaryEllen Odell unveiled several proposals during her annual State of the County address in front of a couple hundred people at the Putnam County Golf Course last Thursday. “The economy impacts our ability to provide quality government services,” […]

Putnam Valley Board Nixes Proposed Rental, Occupancy Laws

Putnam Valley Board Nixes Proposed Rental, Occupancy Laws

By Arthur Cusano The Putnam Valley Town Board voted overwhelmingly to cancel public hearings on two controversial local laws involving rental property registration law and certificates of occupancy. At a March 2 special board meeting members of the board voted 4-1 to end any further discussion on the two laws, with Supervisor Sam Oliverio being […]

Brewster School Board Talks Upcoming Construction, New Buses

Brewster School Board Talks Upcoming Construction, New Buses

School might be out for summer a little longer in Brewster this year, as impending construction should prove to provide plenty of activity on the district’s campus even without students. There are a number of projects confirmed to start over the summer, Kevin Sawyer of Triton Construction reported to the Brewster Board of Education last […]

Mahopac Resident Enters Assembly Race to Replace Katz

Mahopac Resident Enters Assembly Race to Replace Katz

Another Mahopac resident is seeking the legislative seat being vacanted by outspoken incumbent New York State Assemblyman Steve Katz, who is not seeking a fourth term in office. Kevin Byrne, a Republican, is the latest candidate to announce his intention to run for the 94th assembly seat in what could be a packed GOP primary. […]

Business Profile: Prato Trattoria, Carmel

Business Profile: Prato Trattoria, Carmel

From the moment a customer opens the door, they can expect to be treated to a family affair at Prato Trattoria. “It’s a completely family run business from the front to the back of the house in everyway,” John Spaccarelli Jr. said. And the result is a delicious meal and relaxing atmosphere for folks to […]

Putnam Consumer Affairs Chief Resigns as Part of Guilty Plea

Putnam Consumer Affairs Chief Resigns as Part of Guilty Plea

Jean Noel, Putnam County’s former Director of Consumer Affairs has stepped down from her post in light of a guilty plea in which she admitted to stealing more than $4,000 from local contractors that her department had the power to fine and license. Noel, of Kent, pled guilty to petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor, […]

Business Profile: James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, Brewster

Business Profile: James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, Brewster

Ever since opening his new accounting storefront in the Village of Brewster, James Hayes can’t even remember what sleep is. “What’s that,” Hayes said. “I have a coffee maker in the back. What do I need to sleep for?” For James Hayes MBA & Co. Inc, time is money and as the village’s newest Main […]

Former County Worker Charged After Shooting Nail Gun at Coworker

Former County Worker Charged After Shooting Nail Gun at Coworker

A former Putnam County Highway Department worker was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors after he allegedly tried to shoot a coworker with a nail gun at Tilly Foster Farm, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Santino Pietrosanti of Mahopac, resigned from his maintenance/carpenter position on Jan. 22, two days after the incident on the […]

Business Profile: La Petite Salon, Carmel

Business Profile: La Petite Salon, Carmel

Lia Iossa wants to offer women big city looks, but at a price that Putnam County residents are used to, which is why she opened La Petite Salon. After opening two months ago, Iossa is set on bringing an upscale hair salon to the area while charging customers affordable rates. Iossa seeks to style a […]

Resigned IDA Board Members Face Off with Legislature

Resigned IDA Board Members Face Off with Legislature

After the entire Industrial Development Agency board stepped down last month, some board members came in front of Putnam legislators last week with the possibility of those resignations being pulled back. IDA chairman and Brewster resident Richard Ruchala said he would reconsider his resignation if the county administration decides to release $75,000 to the IDA, […]

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam 

First Case of Zika Virus Is Confirmed in Putnam 

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Department of Health One Putnam County resident has been confirmed positive for Zika virus and a second additional case is being tested, announced the Putnam County Department of Health today. Both residents had recently travelled out of the country. The current case count in New York […]

Falk Enters Race for State Senate Seat Held by Murphy

Falk Enters Race for State Senate Seat Held by Murphy

For the third straight year, Patterson Democrat Andrew Falk is seeking elected office. Falk confirmed his run for the New York State Senate in the 40th district Friday afternoon, gearing up on an issue oriented campaign focused on public education, middle class relief, and making the state more affordable. The district encompasses parts of Westchester, […]

Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

Carmel PBA Files Grievance Town over Sheriff Patrols

By Arthur Cusano Clarification: this article has been updated to clarify information.  The Carmel Police Benevolent Association has filed an injunction to prevent other law enforcement agencies from patrolling parts of the town, according to a town board member. The legal action was revealed during Wednesday’s Carmel Town Board meeting, when board members were asked by resident […]